It has taken a long time, but Regina-Lewvan NDP MP Erin Weir is about ready to open his constituency office.
“I have a constituency office at 2024 A Albert Street, ” he said.
The constituency office is seen as a key function for any member of parliament. MPs are indeed a political entity but much of the work is taking care of concerns from constituents of all – or no – political persuasion.
Six months after the federal election, Weir said he is about to remedy that gap with this new office just north of the former Cathedral Village Free House. It is expected to open in the next week.
Weir explained it has been a slower process than he expected. He said new MPs can often take over a facility used by a predecessor, but in this case Regina-Lewvan is a new constituency.
Now that he has the space, all that remains is for secure phone and internet lines to be set up by House of Commons staff in the coming days.
In the meantime, Weir said the work for constituents has still happened.
“My case work assistant has already successfully resolved in excess of 90 cases and is currently working on another 40.”
The cases from constituents involve immigration issues, employment insurance concerns, or questions about Canada Pension Plan benefits.
Members of Parliament have an extensive allowance to pay for rent and staff at an office in their riding.